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Readers' Advisory: Elementary Age

Guide to finding reading recommendations.

Dancing with Butterflies

Afraid of the Dark?

Reading Levels

Lexile® Measures

A standardized leveled reading test that converts the results to a Lexile measure. Lexile also evaluates books for difficulty, with levels ranging from 200L to 1700L+ for advanced readers.

Guided Reading Level (GRL)
At the beginning of the school year, your child will sit one-on-one with his teacher and read from a benchmark book (one considered standard for the grade). Under GRL, books run from A to Z, with A being easiest.

Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA)
Similar to GRL, at the beginning of the school year your child will read a benchmark book to the teacher and then retell the story. The teacher then scores your child on a range of skills, such as accuracy of reading, comprehension, and fluency. This system starts with level A, for the easiest books, and then switches to numeric levels, running from 1 to 80.

Featured Read

Featured Storytime!

Fussy Eater?

Children's Book Lists from ACPL

Children's Book Awards

Caldecott Medal: The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.  

Coretta Scott King Book Awards: The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.

Geisel Award: The Geisel Award is given annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year.

Newbery Medal: The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

Odyssey Award: This annual award is given to the producer of the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States

Pura Belpré Award: The award is named after Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library. The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth

Sibert Informational Book Medal: The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal is awarded annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published in the United States in English during the preceding year. The award is named in honor of Robert F. Sibert, the long-time President of Bound to Stay Bound Books, Inc. of Jacksonville, Illinois. ALSC administers the award.

Reading Association of Ireland Award:The RAI Book Award was instigated in 1985 with the primary objective of encouraging the publication of quality children’s books in Ireland. It was the first such award in Ireland, and is presented for a book written by an Irish author and published in Ireland.

Russell Clark Award:First established in 1975, the LIANZA Russell Clark Illustration Award recognises the most distinguished pictures or illustrations for a children’s book, by a New Zealand artist or illustrator. The pictures or illustrations must convey the spirit of the book, and judges take into account the format and physical make up of the book. The Russell Clark is one of the few national awards celebrating illustration.

Sydney Taylor Book Awards: The Sydney Taylor Book Award is presented annually to outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience. Presented by the Association of Jewish Libraries since 1968, the award encourages the publication and widespread use of quality Judaic literature.

Texas Bluebonnet Award:Texas Bluebonnet Award is a unique program that encourages reading for pleasure and is aimed at students in grades 3-6.

Tomás Rivera Mexican-American Children's Book Award:Texas State University College of Education developed the Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award to honor authors and illustrators who create literature that depicts the Mexican American experience.